Mold Is Not Just Caused By Home Flooding
March 6th, 2020
When most homeowners think about mold, they usually think about a home being flooded. But it is not just serious water damage that leads to mold. Any water leak in your home, no matter the size, that is not fixed properly can cause mold to grow in your home. What is disturbing is that mold can begin to grow and spread in 24 to 48 hours.
Why Mold In Your Home Is Dangerous
Mold is a fungus that spreads by releasing spores in order to reproduce. Mold can grow on pretty much any surface in the home, including: wood, drywall, wallpaper, insulation, carpet and furniture. While your home and belongings are affected, the more serious concern is that mold is hazardous to your family’s health. It can affect those with allergies and asthma. The mycotoxins in the mold can cause nausea, fatigue, eye irritation, lung irritation and headaches.
Places To Check For Mold
As a homeowner, it is a good idea to check for mold periodically. It is a good safety measure. The following areas should be looked at on a regular basis as part of home maintenance:
• Attic, crawl spaces, and insulation
• Check for musty smells in your basement.
• Around your chimney
• Your furnace
• Kitchens, especially under sinks
• Around any window air conditioners
If you notice any white spots (mildew) or black spots (mold) contact a mold remediation specialist right away.
What Is Mold Remediation?
What many homeowners are not aware of is that using bleach to get rid of mold or mildew, is not an EPA-approved biocide. This is why removing toxic mold from your home is best left to the experts. An expert qualified mold remediation company will take certain steps to make sure that your home is mold and mildew free. These steps include:
1. Containment And Ventilation:
Your remediation team will set up containment and ventilation. It is important that the use of ventilation and air filtration devices such as air scrubbers to make sure that any mold spores that are disturbed do not spread into the unaffected areas.
2. Cleaning And Disinfection:
Cleaning and disinfection comes next and this is where the actual remediation and proper disposal of the infected materials. Remember that mold is considered a biohazard and must be disposed of properly. After the removal the technician will apply biocide/fungicide/moldicide solutions.
3. Fixing The Source:
Lastly, the technicians will address any moisture or humidity concerns that contributed to the mold. If it is a simple fix like a leak under your window air conditioner, the company may choose to fix it for you. If the repair is more extensive or involved the company may hire a subcontractor or make a recommendation for repair.
Eliminating the mold is the first step but a good remediation expert team like our staff at Bio Star Restoration will implement steps to help prevent mold from forming again. Here at BioStar restoration we take pride in offering fast and reliable restoration. Our team of professionals have more than 25 years of experience and are IICRC certified. We provide emergency services 27/7. The last thing you want is to jeopardize your family’s health and wellbeing in the one place they should feel safe and protected. If you suspect you may have mold, contact us today.